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6970 fan noise

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ok well my psu went kaput and will pick another unit up this afternoon.

now to tackle the second problem i have. the fan noise. to be honest with you guys i never had a blower style video card. this is first reference model i bought ever.

but the thing is it makes a very annoying grinding? crackling? noise that filters through 5 fans i have in the case. this is consistent through fan speed at low rpm 24% to higher rpms at 70% and the fan turns into a leaf blower around 80%-100% to silence this weird noise.

now 3 people in the household say this noise is inaudible. well first of all
either
a) they dont know what the hell they are even listening to (i tried to describe the noise)
b) they dont care (i use the computer mainly, followed by my brother)
c) they have gone deaf
d) or i need to go see ENT specialist

any thoughts? experiences?
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No, you're definitely not imagining it.

80-100% fan speed on a reference cooler on a high-end card is like a jet engine.

The HD 6970's fan is not as loud as the GTX 480's, but it's still really bad.

That, and people tend to be more sensitive to things they understand. Your family members probably don't know what it is that is making the noise.

I would replace the fan if I were you. Or place the computer further away.

Not worth going nuts over
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I can cope with "loudness" of fan blowing. But this grinding noise is on another frequency that is bothersome. And case fans can't mute this noise is annoying.
Is there adverse effects of this noise? I mean card runs great and temps are checked.
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I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with any grinding noise.
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